Data-driven personas have the advantages of both personas and analytics!
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Remarkably, with the combining of personas and analytics, the strengths of each approach help offset the deficiencies of the other. Conceptually, personas are easy for people to understand and generate empathy for the user, but personas are perceived as not granular and not actionable. Analytics data can be granular and actionable, but analytics can be cumbersome for employment and difficult for end users to comprehend. Nonetheless, the combination of both leverages the strengths and limits the weakness of each.
Jansen, B. J., Salminen, J., and Jung, S.G. (2020) Data-Driven Personas for Enhanced User Understanding: Combining Empathy with Rationality for Better Insights to Analytics. Data and Information Management. 4(1), 1-17.
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